Tag Archives: Wooden Furniture

  • Timeless Tradition and Quality

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    Dixie Seating Company has been around since the 1930s and we are still making our products using the same methods. These methods might seem time-consuming for some manufacturers, but for Dixie Seating Company these methods are the foundation that create the high-quality of products that we supply. We recently received an email from a customer about a set of children’s chairs that have been in their family since the 1950s that proves that these time-honored methods leads to timeless quality.

     

    “I've had these chairs since I was a kid in the late 50s.  My daughter used them, and now my grand-daughter is going to use them.They are very well made and are still very solid. I found a stamping on the bottom that looks like DIXIE SEATING CO N.C, and has what looks like the number 78-41 1/4.If you made these, could you give any info you have, like when they were made? I'm refinishing them and they will become family heirlooms to be passed on for future generations.”

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    Mr. Ken Roy and his wife sent us this email along with photos of the products he was referring to back in August. They were preparing to refinish their collection of Dixie Seating Company childrens chairs for their granddaughter. It is not uncommon for us to receive messages similar to Mr. Roy’s and it is always a delight! Knowing that our hard work and passion to create quality products is being enjoyed by families from all over the United States is extremely satisfying.

    Our owner, Dirk Baker sent the following reply:

    “Thank you for the photos and the kind words about Dixie Seating products.  We do obviously build our items to last and you are proof of that.  As best we can tell the chair and child rocker are from the late 40’s to 50’s.  One of the neat things is that the construction methods that we use today mirror the methods found in your pieces including interlocking, swelled-joint construction.  The wood was mostly red oak and possibly had poplar backs and the he stretchers between the legs are most likely made of hickory.

    We would suggest a light sanding prior to finishing and then applying a sealer or primer coat,  followed by a light sanding and then top coating the pieces.  I would love to receive a photo of  the finished items when you get done and would appreciate the opportunity to post a before and after picture.   

    As you probably saw on our site, we still manufacture these products in Statesville, NC and use only domestic woods and finishes. Thanks again for reaching out to us.”

    Below are the images of Mr. Roy’s refinished chairs. It is heart-warming to hear that a customer has been so satisfied with their products for several years and through multiple generations that they are willing to put a little love and work back into the product to keep it for generations to come. Every piece that comes out of our factory is made with the hope and intention that your family will enjoy it for years just as Mr. Roy’s family has.

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  • Back to School

    Back to School: Create a Fun Learning Space Just for the Kiddos!

    Summer is ending and the school bells are ringing! This month, kids all over the country are gearing up for another school year! Although you might be happy the kids will be heading back to a regular routine, most kids dread the beginning of school. The good news is that you can boost excitement in your home  by creating a fun learning space that is just for kids. Designing a designated area that invites your children to read, be creative and learn is not only exciting for kids but it is important to their development.

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    Design With Kid-Size Furniture

    When putting together a designated learning, creative space for your children be sure to include kid-size furniture in your design plans. According to Kaplan Early Learning Company:

    "Being around furniture that is best suited for adults can cause children to be too dependent on adults to help them learn, explore, and move around. Incorporating child-sized furniture into your learning environment (a concept first introduced by Maria Montessori) will give children more access to learning materials and more opportunities to explore their environment."

    Using child-size furniture will also help children build self-confidence and become more independent, which is important for their overall growth and development

    Consider using a kids-sized rocking chair or a kids table and chair set in your learning space.

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    White Kids Furniture

    Design With Strategic Colors

    We all know that color is important to the learning development of children, however, did you know that there is a psychology in selecting strategic color palettes to boost learning levels? A strategic color palette can enhance the absorption of information and facilitate the thinking processPreschool and elementary school-kids react best to environments designed in warmer tones: oranges, yellows and reds. However, it is important to note that warmer tones can overstimulate so it is best to counterbalance these tones with calmer ones like blue. Or shoot for a multi-tasking color like green that provides the calm of blue with the creativity enhancing yellow.

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    Texture Variation

    Using various textures in your learning space increases stimulation as kids are seeking constant change. Balance out your hard pieces like tables and chairs by introducing soft textiles such as rugs, blankets, pillows, cushions and curtains. A space that is diverse in textures will create a safe and comfortable learning environment that children will flourish in.

    Functionality Is Key

    Above all, make sure that the space is functional for your child. Consider adding organizational furnishings like cubby holes for them to store their creative materials as well as a designated completed homework folder or tray.

    Get the Kids Involved

    If you are thinking about designing a fun learning space for your kids, remember to get them involved. Allowing them to select their furnishings or pick out paint colors will foster a sense of ownership and responsibility that will serve them well throughout the school year and beyond.

    Have fun creating your learning space and we hope that this school year is the best one yet!

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     Don’t miss our Back to School Sale on children’s furniture and table/chair sets, Aug. 25 to Sept. 1.

    Use coupon code: BACKTOSCHOOL20 at checkout to receive 20% off children’s furniture.           

  • The King's Kitchen Patio Update

    The King's Kitchen Patio gets an update! The King's Kitchen Patio gets an update!

    Located in the heart of uptown Charlotte, King’s Kitchen pays homage to the Southern cuisine while also giving back to the community. Established in 2010, The King’s Kitchen is managed by Jim Noble Restaurants and donates 100% of profits from sales to feed the poor in the Charlotte region. Additionally, The King’s Kitchen partners with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center and other local area ministries to provide job-training, life-skills training, social etiquette workshops, financial management guidance and employment intern opportunities to Charlotteans in search of a new beginning.

    King's Kitchen - Dixie Seating Company Chairs

    Dixie Seating Company has had a strong partnership with King’s Kitchen for the past few years. If you have ever visited their restaurant and enjoyed a delicious meal then you have sat in our Dixie Seating dining chairs. Recently, the restaurant decided to revamp their outdoor patio and once again, they looked to us for their seating needs.

    King's Kitchen Patio
    We stopped by to see the final look of the patio and were so happy with the outcome. Check out our products outside on the King’s Kitchen patio and if you haven’t eaten their food, make sure you stop in for a bite!

    King's Kitchen Patio

    King's Kitchen Patio

  • Fathers Day - Gift Ideas for Every Dad

    Father’s Day is just around the corner and if you are looking for just the right gift, we have some great ideas for you!

    For the Fixer-Dad:

    The Fixer-Dad is always to the rescue! Whether you have a flat tire, need a light-bulb changed or need a spider killed --- he is always there. A great gift for a dad that is always looking out for his family is a rocking chair. Rocking chairs are ideal for creating moments of relaxation. Nothing is more welcoming at the end of a long day than a comfortable rocking chair beckoning to you from the front porch.

    We have a wide selection of American-Made rocking chairs in multiple finish options so you can find the perfect one for your dad.

    *Tip: For the true DIY/Fixer-Dad, consider purchasing an Ready To Assemble rocking chair so he can assemble it himself.

     

    Blue Rocking Chair

    For the Green-Thumb Dad:

    Our footstools make great gifts for gardeners. Their versatility makes them the perfect resting spot for sitting while working and can be used as storage space for gardening tools to keep them close-by for work in the garden.

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    For the Creative-Dad:

    If your dad loves an art project, our unfinished chairs make a great gift idea. Purchase the product unfinished and present the gift as an opportunity as a project for the whole family to finish together. Paint in patterns, designs or just a variety of colors that each family member selects to create a gift that truly memorable.

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    For the Chef:

    Dad whipping up amazing cuisine in the kitchen? Our cutting boards would be ideal for your foodie-dad. Personalize it with his name, monogram or just “Dad” to make the cutting board extra special.

     

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    Save 20% on all your gifts for dad starting Friday, June 17 - Monday, June 20.

    Use coupon code: FATHERSDAY20 at checkout.

     

    Happy Father’s Day!

  • Style Your Porch Like a Pro

    The weather is warming up and the sunshine is out! It’s the time of year to spruce up your outdoor seating areas, preparing an inviting space to welcome your family and friends. If you have ever imagined of creating your dream gathering space but just didn’t know how to pull it off then you have come to the right place. A few weeks ago, Dixie Seating Company partnered with professional stylist Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate to put together a styled shoot to bring you tips and design advice so you can style your porch like a pro.

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    Seating Accommodations

    Start by taking a good look at your gathering place and thinking about the needs you have for seating. Measuring the space to see what furniture and seating pieces you can accommodate is a must. You will want to measure the depth and width of your porch or seating area and then can work on a layout to imagine where each seating piece will fit.

    Multi-Functional Pieces

    It is ideal to utilize pieces of furniture that have multiple functionality. For example, footstools that can function as seating and benches that double as tables. Pulling in multi-functional pieces will create a more utilitarian gathering space making it more practical for everyday use and more operational for when you have larger groups of guests.

    Footstools can be used for seating. Footstools can be used for seating.
    Use benches as tables! Use benches as tables!

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    Color

    When looking to introduce color to your space, look to adding cushions and tie in the color through an outdoor rug and even flowering plants. If you have red cushions, find a rug that has a hint of red in the weaving, a couple red pots, and add red geraniums potted and gathered around your seating area. Carrying a color through all elements on a porch helps to pull it together and create an inviting, cozy space.

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    Porch Swing Color Play!

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    Style

    Decide the style of vibe you want your porch to have. Do you want a touch of rustic? Then look for lanterns that have rope handles, add a woven rug and straw baskets. Add wildflowers and softer green plants like lavender, daisies, and trailing vines Feeling a little more modern? Find contemporary lanterns with clean lines and minimal decor elements, chose and outdoor rug that has a geometric pattern. Perhaps look to plants that can be trimmed clean and have a different vibe- boxwoods, mondo grass, add white gravel stones to pots or surrounding the patio area, or go with succulents if you're in the right climate!

    Sticking to these professional style-guides and design tips will help guide you as you begin to work or update your outdoor space. Still feeling stuck? Godwin suggests making your porch or patio area feel like an extension of your interior home.

    As Spring turns to Summer, this is the best time to prep your outdoor space for entertaining or even al fresco dining just as couple for a simple little romantic evening. Simple ways you can make your space feeling cozier and want to be outdoors more are by adding textiles and soft elements- consider adding cushions to your seating. Find a complimentary outdoor rug. Neutral throws always make a great addition for evenings when the temperature dips. Add candles or string lights for a glimmering warm glow as it gets dark. If various insects are a concern, think of adding some plants that are natural insect repellants like lavender, marigolds, peppermint, and chrysanthemum.“

    Style Like a Pro! Style Like a Pro!

    Happy Styling!

     

    Photography by: Laura Sumrak

    Styling by: Studio Cultivate 

    Furniture: Dixie Seating Company

    Plants: Oakdale Greenhouses

  • Porch Swing Weather

    Fall in North Carolina

    It’s November and the weather has finally started to turn a little cooler here in the South. The mornings are crisp and the afternoons are the perfect combination of warm sunshine and fall breezes. At Dixie Seating Company, we call this kind of weather, porch swing weather. It’s the perfect time of year to sit out on your front porch with friends or family and enjoy the beautiful weather, the color-changes in the leaves and a warm mug of hot cider.

     

    When the days get shorter, it’s important to make the most of daylight hours. Nothing is better than having nowhere to be, noone to see and nothing to do but just be. These days, it seems like there is always something pulling us away from just relaxing with what is, taking the time to notice the subtle changes in the seasons. We rush through the summer with vacations that are more taxing than they are relaxing and hurry ourselves right on into Christmas and before we know it, we have missed some of the most magical moments that occur in nature.

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    Autumn ushers in warm, bright colors that light up the trees with one last breathtaking show before they rest for the Winter months. It also brings with it fun seasonal traditions that are only enjoyed during the cooler months like hot cider, pumpkin spice everything, Halloween, Thanksgiving and of course, football.  The nostalgic nature of this season brings back traditions that we enjoy year after year.

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     This fall season, we hope you take the time to relax and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Spend some time with your family and loved-ones delighting in the traditions you share together.  And if you are looking for your porch swing to tie it all together, we know where you can find one.   At Dixie Seating Company, each of our porch swings are hand-crafted and made with top-quality hardwoods so that you can enjoy your swing season after season. Shop our full line of porch swings today!

     

    Happy Fall Y’All.

    For a limited time, use Coupon Code: PORCHWEATHER to get 15% off your purchase of porch swings and rocking chairs.

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